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Now Demaratus the Corinthian, one of Philip's intimate friends,1 when he had seen Alexander in Susa, exclaimed with tears of joy2 that all the Greeks who had died before that hour had been deprived of a great joy, since they had not seen Alexander seated on the throne of Darius. But I swear that for my part I feel no envy because of this spectacle toward them that saw it, for it was but the [p. 401] handiwork of Fortune, and the lot of other kings as well. But methinks I would gladly have been a witness of that fair and holy marriage-rite, when he brought together in one golden-canopied tent an hundred Persian brides and an hundred Macedonian and Greek bridegrooms, united at a common hearth and board.3 He himself, crowned with garlands, was the first to raise the marriage hymn as though he were singing a song of truest friendship over the union of the two greatest and most mighty peoples ; for he, of one maid the bridegroom, and at the same time of all the brides the escort, as a father and sponsor united them in the bonds of wedlock. Indeed at this sight I should have cried out for joy, ‘O dullard Xerxes, stupid fool that spent so much fruitless toil to bridge the Hellespont! This is the way that wise kings join Asia with Europe ; it is not by beams nor rafts, nor by lifeless and unfeeling bonds, but by the ties of lawful love and chaste nuptials and mutual joy in children that they join the nations together.’
1 Cf. Moralia, 70 c; Life of Alexander, chap. ix. (669 c).
2 Ibid. chaps. xxxvii. (687 a), lvi. (696 f); Life of Agesilaüs, chap. xv. (604 a).
3 Cf. Life of Alexander, chap. lxx. (703 e); Arrian, Anabasis, vii. 4; Diodorus, xvii. 107. 6; Athenaeus, 538 b-e; Aelian, Varia Historia, viii. 7; but the number is not elsewhere given as 100.